The term cosplay not part of the dictionary of the Royal Spanish Academy (RAE ). Anyway, this concept of English origin is used in our language to refer to the tendency or habit of use costumes as entertainment .
Cosplay comes from the expression costume play, which can be translated as “Costume game” . Currently cosplay can be considered as a subculture : its members seek to represent an idea or embody a character through their dress and even playing a role.
Usually cosplay is based on characters from comics, anime, movies, video games or literature . Who disguises and participates in this type of action is called cosplayer .
The cosplay emerged in the decade of 1970 in the so-called comic markets from Japan , whose encounters many people They started attending with costumes. Over time the trend became popular throughout the world and reached different areas.
Currently, cosplay appears in almost all the major events linked to comic . It is also common for fans to dress up to attend movie premieres or the release of fantastic novels. They even exist cosplay contests where the best costumes are awarded.
In Japan on the other hand there are restaurants and cosplay bars in which the waitresses and waiters serve the guests in disguise. In these establishments certain rituals are followed so that the clients live a different experience in contact with the cosplayers.
While cosplay at first glance seems to revolve around fun, the process The creation of costumes is long and very laborious, especially for those who decide to do it on their own. It is clear that most cosplayers make their own costumes, since this stage is a fundamental part of the experience.
In any case, since it is not something economic or immediate, it is important to be clear about the character we want to represent well in advance. This decision is not easy, since sometimes it is not enough to choose the one we most admire, but we must opt for the one with whom we share the greatest amount of physical characteristics, or one that we can incarnate with our body .
This does not mean that we should choose a character very similar to us; part of the fun, after all, lies in transforming us into another being. The important thing is to keep your feet on the ground with respect to the budget and the complexity of the costume making process; Simply put, humanoid characters prefer a dinosaur or a giant spider, although the most daring cosplayers can embark on any project.
Cosplay differs greatly from a traditional costume party, in particular by the degree of attention to detail that fans tend to lend to the costumes of their heroes: far from being a vague representation of the overall appearance of the characters, it is usually an almost perfect reflection of each garment, each accessory, each wrinkle, with the color palette as wide as the original and a display of materials worthy of being admired.
In order to work at this level in a costume it is necessary to have reference images , something that today is very easy to achieve. Whether they are screenshots of the program, the movie or the video game in which our favorite character appears, or drawings made by others fans , the possibilities are many. To find the smallest details it is recommended to look for drawings published by the creators of the character in media such as magazines or books, where they usually have a greater finish.